It's the question everyone is asking about from the Democratic debate: did Elizabeth Warren snub Bernie Sanders?
The two senators vying for the Democratic nomination for president have been sparring over the last few days over comments that Warren alleges Sanders made during a private meeting in 2018.
Warren claims that Sanders said a woman can't win the presidential nomination, whereas he calls any insinuation he said this "ludicrous".
During the debate, things got tense between the one-time political besties, with both refusing to budge from their starkly different versions of events.
Afterwards, Warren approached Sanders to talk with him as other candidates shook hands behind them. A short clip of the exchange has since gone viral, with many people accusing Warren of "snubbing" Sanders' attempt to shake her hand.
But did she really snub him? And who looks good and bad in this messy, awkward feud?
The indy100 team give our verdict on the moment that everyone's talking about.
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My verdict = It was an accident. Fwiw, if it had been a snub, Warren would have been fully within her right to make it, but honestly I see her walking purposefully up to Sanders, so intent on making her point that his outstretched hand was but a peripheral irrelevance to her. She says her piece (she's clearly not happy but who would be after the week she's had) to which Bernie appears to offer a gormless "huh?" in response. He then pulls the U-turn every woman has watched an old straight white dude make – the realisation that he's being challenged, followed immediately by condescension (Sanders is giving strong "calm down dear" vibes as he waves his hands around while Warren just stares him down motionless).
And to complete the full trifecta of privilege-having-a-tantrum behaviour, he ends on anger, taking a step towards Warren, leaning over her, waving his pointed finger in her face, saying what he wants to say and then unilaterally deciding the conversation is over and storming off. Tbh, I don't even care whether or not he said the allegedly sexist thing when this is how he treats a female colleague in front of an actual camera crew.
Who looks good?
It should be Warren, who was the measure of calm and collected. But anyone remember what happened last time an experienced, even-keeled woman ran against an antagonistic, impulsive, irrational man? Yeah...
Who looks bad?
Sanders looks to me like a school bully who's been humiliated in front of the class and is desperately trying to prove he's still the cool kid. Spoiler: He's not – people are feeling the plan over the Bern and I'm here for it.